Formed at university in Bristol just two years ago, Oslo Twins have created a moody and trip-hop inspired sound influenced by dance, industrial and lo-fi music of the 80s and 90s. They released their dark, punchy debut single ‘The Edge’ last month, produced with Seth Evans (Black Midi, HMLTD), and have since played numerous iconic venues including the Windmill, the Old Blue Last and Rough Trade Bristol. The track has received significant acclaim, with BC Camplight tweeting that it features “probably my favourite vocalist at the moment”. We spoke to Oslo Twins about what inspired them to write ‘The Edge’ and found out more about their hopes as a band.
RC: Hi Oslo Twins! How would you describe your music in three words?
OT: Dreamy synth-y trip-hop. Does that count as three?
RC: You’ve said you met at university, what led to your decision to form a band?
OT: We (Eric and Claudia) started talking in a seminar. We both had unfinished projects and very similar taste, so we decided to try working together. When we met Luke and Will, that’s when it developed from a student project into ‘the band’.
RC: What is the story behind your debut single The Edge?
OT: The music production came before the lyrics. It started as a punchy, dark expression of frustration. When the lyrics and vocals were added, it retained a lot of the darkness but perhaps also became more romantic and hopeful.
RC: What drew you to making music and do you find song-writing a cathartic process?
Eric (OT): I think for me it was mainly due to boredom and feeling quite isolated growing up. I always used it as a sort of escapism and still do now. I think songwriting is so rewarding at times, which definitely makes it cathartic.
Claudia (OT) I was always a singer, but I approached songwriting in my late teens, mainly from the direction of creative writing. I found it easier to be expressive through art than through day-to-day conversations, and making art that you can actually perform to the world was deeply satisfying.
RC: How has being separated from a live audience affected your relationship with writing music?
OT: It made us more productive with songwriting, especially in early lockdown. Our music style has slightly evolved – god, that’s how long it’s been! But the separation might have also made us forget, on some level, why we were making music. It was all so private and quiet. Sharing our songs to the world again is a breath of fresh air.
RC: What have been your favourite lockdown discoveries (musical or otherwise)?
OT: Yoga and Yves Tumor. Never at the same time though.
RC: What are your goals for the coming year?
OT: We want to have put out at least 2 / 3 new singles and then will work on playing live as much as possible.
RC: If you could perform at any venue in the world, where would it be and why?
OT: I think it would have to be SXSW or Iceland airwaves! Both have always been a dream of ours, mainly because we watched so many sessions of bands playing there when we were younger.
RC: Finally, if you could collaborate with any musician, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
OT: Pete Burns of Dead or Alive
Oslo Twin’s debut single ‘The Edge’ is out now, you can listen here.